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Skip hire companies are responsible for obtaining a 'skip permit' or 'skip licence'. They must complete a skip licence application form for permission to put a skip on the road or grass verge.

Permits are needed for:

  • skips
  • 'hippobags' and other skip bags

You don't need a skip licence to put a skip on private land.

We require 3 working days' notice to process skip permit applications. If you require a skip more urgently, we can arrange immediate permission for an extra charge.

Skip permit restrictions

Please note that your skip should:

  • be lit at night
  • have cones placed around it
  • visibly display your licence (for example, the ground floor window of an adjacent property)
  • not be placed on the footway (except in exceptional circumstances)
  • not be placed on double yellow lines
  • not cause a highway obstruction

Read the terms and conditions for more information.

Skip permit costs

We'll charge the skip company:

  • £68 for 1 to 14 days
  • £68 for an additional 1 to 14 days
  • an additional £50 if 3 days' notice is not given (£108 in total)
  • £68 for failure to comply with terms of licence

If we find a skip on the road or grass verge without a permit:

  • we'll contact the skip company
  • they'll be required to apply for a permit or remove the skip immediately
  • we'll invoice a penalty charge of £110 (this is in addition to the permit cost)

Any skip found on the road or grass verge without lights, cones or breaching any other licence conditions will result in an extra charge of £68.

Any skip found on the highway without an authorised licence will result in an extra charge of £365.

We invoice the skip company at the end of each month for all incurred costs.

How we process your application

We require time to process and consider your application before it can be granted.

In this case:

  • you can't assume permission will be given
  • we'll contact you within 3 working days to acknowledge receipt of your application

You can't act as if your application has been granted if we don't respond within expected timeframes.

If you haven't heard from us within 3 working days, please contact us to check the status of your application.

Also see

Highway Licensing Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA